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Thursday, June 02, 2005

B-Girl Be Summit: A Celebration of Women

Intermedia Arts' B-Girl Be Summit: A Celebration of Women kicked off yesterday and runs through Sunday. Desdamona, Dessa Darling and Sarah White are just a few of the spoken word/hip hop performers featured. Matt Peiken has more here: , and you can get full info at

Pulse Freelancer and political activist Aaron Neumann is running for the Minneapolis City Council Ward 3 open seat, and has received the Green Party's endorsement.

His campaign Neighbors for Neumann campaign has its official campaign kick-off tonight from 8pm - late, at the Mill City Coffee in lower NE Mpls. There will be live jazz, refreshments and cash bar with a suggested donation of $5. You can find all the detailed information on our


Opening tonight (June 3rd) at the Bryant Lake Bowl Theatre, Sandbox Theatre presents the world premiere of Victoria in Red by Ryan Hill.

Victoria in Red is a collaboration between recent Twin Cities transplants and established local artists. It marks the Minnesota directing debut of Ryan Hill and the design premieres of fashion designer Andrew Lawrence Schiff, sculptor Patrick Parsons and lighting designer Lexi Kiel-Wornson. Local veterans include choreographer Lisa Kneller Moreira and performers Heather Stone, Jim Bovino, Sean Byrd, Sara Richardson and Wade A. Vaughn.

The text, workshopped in New York City and Minneapolis, also marks Hill’s premiere as a playwright in the Twin Cities. Performances run every few days through June 30th. Reserve tickets at 612-825-8949. Read more at


Tonight The Violettes are at the The Hexagon Bar with Duplomacy and Brief Candles. They will be performing brand new, unreleased material, first showcased at Voltage last Wednesday. Duplomacy, who recently signed to 2024 Records, is a must see local band. Brief Candles are straight outta Peoria, Illinois (my Mom’s hometown) where they formed in 2002, but have been featured on compilations with Bright Eyes and Of Montreal. In 2004 the band moved to Milwaukee (my Dad’s hometown, weird, huh?) and began touring the Midwest. Now they have a publicist and are ready to roll.

Other shows tonight:
* The Dears @ the Quest (This is where I will be!)
* Melodious Owl / Dosh / Brother Sister @ the Triple Rock (5 and 9PM shows)
* Cloud Cult CD Release Party at First Avenue ($8/10 6PM)
* Captain Yonder / The Owls / Ben Glaros - Cedar Cultural Center


During the Day

Future Lisa will be performing at 3:00 pm at the 18th St stage at the Red Hot Art Festival in Stevens Square Park. More here.

Voltage Fashion Crawl - 11AM to 5PM

The Voltage Fashion Crawl features a sampling of designers who participated in Voltage 05 May 25th at First Avenue. See the full Voltage Fashion Crawl itinerary here.

After the fashion crawl.....

HowWasTheShow birthday

"Yeah, I know it'ds lame to throw yourself a party but I just couldn't resist the urge to pull a few strings and put together my dream concert bill," Rob Van Alstyne pointed out in a Pulse Hot Ticket for his own birthday show last weekend at the Hexagon. But it was a ton of fun.

Following in Rob's footsteps, HowWasTheShow celebrates 3 years of writing about music in the Twin Cities and (and my own 3rd annual 39th birthday) with a party Saturday night at the Turf Club featuring Romantica, Vicious Vicious, Chris Koza, JoAnna James and Pete Hofmann. The show earned a Pulse Hot Ticket and a City Pages A-Listing.

Alva Star at the Uptown Bar

Also Saturday night, Alva Star plays at The Uptown Bar. Krista from Tinderbox tells me the John Hermanson fronted band has a new line-up. Brian Roessler who was Alva Star's original bass player is back on bass. Eric Fawcett (of Olympic Hopefules, Spymob, N.E.R.D) is now on drums.

Alva Star's "Cold Calculated" will be featured in an upcoming episode of HBO's 6 Feet Under!

Openers are Nee Nee & These Modern Socks ($6, 9PM) - This is the show I'd be at if I didn't have to be at my own birthday party.


The TV Sound is currently #1 on the Alternative Dance charts on!

Ticket alert: Coldplay tickets go on sale Saturday at 10 a.m.